Tag: The Left

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  I came across a blog post at The American Spectator by Melissa Mackenzie regarding one of the featured speakers at the recent Women’s March on Washington. The woman in question, Donna Hylton, is a convicted murderer and that description grossly understates the pure evil of the crimes she committed. Ms Hylton was convicted and […]

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Oh, Lord! Donald Trump will be president?! I have the vapors! The way the Lefties (meaning, pretty much everyone) at my work in New Sodom (a.k.a., the entertainment industry in Los Angeles) are carrying on this morning, one would think that much-bandied-about Sweet Meteor of Death had hit – and right at George Clooney’s house, […]

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With the Election a mere 23 days away, I am finally writing what I have been thinking about for the past three months, never confident that anything I wrote would be worthy of Ricochet, let alone compared to my elegant and majestic “likes” on Facebook. Like a patient with terminal cancer, I look forward to […]

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It was big national news when federal regulators working for Obama went beyond the written law passed by Congress to insist on having Catholic universities and charities provide birth control coverage. Ditto for the requirement that Protestants who’d happened to incorporate cover abortifacient birth control drugs. Ditto for the requirement that public schools join the […]

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The Orlando terrorist attack is a clarifying moment for the country. The heart breaking stories of the victims in the club desperately trying to call family members are reminiscent of those from 9/11. The mind focuses and time slows down for people in those situations, so that they can focus on what’s truly important to […]

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“Again, no one is sitting in a room plotting Trump’s death, but – let’s be honest – at least half of the media believes Trump is the next Hitler, and a Hitler assassination would be morally justified. Also great for ratings. The media would not be charged with any crime for triggering some nut to […]

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Shelby Steele on Why It’s So Hard to Argue With Liberals

 

steeleI’ve finally gotten round to reading Shelby Steele’s Shame. The book is really an extended essay — a superb one at that — and I just ran across a section that goes to the heart of the conservative/liberal schism.

But before the quote, a bit of context:  Steele makes an unassailable argument that liberalism is not based on facts, but on what he calls “poetic truths,” things like the idea that blacks are eternal victims, that whites (no matter how benign) are infected with privilege, that women (even Carly Fiorina or Hillary Clinton) are oppressed by the patriarchy. Having accepted these poetic truths, liberals are immunized against all contrary facts.

Now, the quote:

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From Breitbart, via Chicks on the Right:  Lovett, who worked for Obama during his first term, reveals that he used his White House privileges to sneak in a pair of gay men under the guise of giving them a tour, then performed a wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden without the knowledge of the president. […]

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The Day That Reagan Died

 

90265714_1It was June 5th, 2004. I had been in the Republic of Georgia for less than a month when I heard that Reagan had died. Reagan had meant a lot to me over the years, and I’d followed his political career since I was eight years old.  Growing up with the Reagan administration made the 40th president my childhood hero.

What I did not expect was how the Georgian people would react. As I was walking in the bazaar of a small provincial town, a man saw me, quickly crossed the dusty street, took my hand and said, “I am so sorry. Your great man died today. I am so sorry.”

I asked him, “Do you mean President Reagan?”

90 Varieties of Libertarian: Which One Are You?

 

Extreme state libertarianismDid you ever notice…

  • that it’s possible to prefer libertarianism for federal policy, and be a Marxist for your state?
  • that many on the Left do it the other way around? (I.e., the more they think nothing at all should come between little Julia and her father/husband/God/the federal government, the more they support Libertarianism for the state governments!)

Outlined below are four distinctions between various types of libertarianism, making for a total of 90 available libertarian positions.

What kind of libertarian are you? Mix and match from the different categories to find the name, and please object to these names and definitions and distinctions. Also, quibble over words since a good definition is a good thing; getting the definitions right is a good activity.